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A month of groceries

March 31st, 2020 at 12:17 am

2 weeks ago I posted I needed to shop, well I didn't. Decided we would make do with what we had and try to last. So we went another two weeks scrounging frozen veggies and luckily the oranges and apples lasted.

Well this month I went to costco first time since Feb 28th for a HUGE shopping trip. I spent $500 on food. It should last about another month. During my Feb trip I spent around $500 and we made it. This time I think we are also okay. I got a package of toilet paper, extra lysol toilet bowl cleaner, windex, large ziploc bags, etc.

I also got unfortunately only 1 package of lactose free milk, I am worrying if I have to go back. I'll wait and limit the kids more. In feb I had 3 packages = 9 * 1/2 gallons of milk. Now I have 3. I also bought 5 dozen eggs non-organic since I was limited to 1 as well. In Feb I had 2 x 24 organic eggs and we have less than 6 left.

I managed to find flour at safeway so I bought 2 - 5 lb bags. I also grabbed 2 - 4 lb sugars. I also snagged 2 - 2 packs of rubber gloves just in case. I was down to my last gloves for cleaning and washing dishes. I also grabbed a spare laundry detergent.
All in all a successful trip and one I probably won't have to replicated for a bit.

I grabbed a ribeye steak roast for tonight DH sliced and we're smoking for dinner. We'll be sharing 2 pieces with neighbors. Twice cooked potatoes, corn, and broccoli for dinner. Then bulgogi tomorrow night with bok choy (i bought 2 cases which will last i hope 2 weeks, we eat a lot of veggies). Then Wednesday our neighbor is offering to cook, so a meal break. Then I'm thinking a loco moco or taco thursday, burger friday, indian chicken curry saturday, teriyaki skewers sunday.

There is fluidity in our meals. I also got bagels for breakfast and will make a couple of bagel egg and bacon sandwiches I also got the girls strawberries 2 packages and we're almost done with 1 today. I did also buy mangoes, asian pears, bananas, and golden nugget mandarins. Again trying to stretch out the fruit.

The cashier said are you an instacard shopper? I said no this is me shopping for a month. I said I haven't been in since Feb 28th. Both the cashier and packer looked at me and said thank you. Thank you for not coming in. Good luck and see you next month. I also bought stuff for a neighbor so I had two overflowing shopping carts.

I ended up spending $500. $500 seemed like a lot (actually it was $850 because I bought Toto Bidet) not sure if we are going to keep and use it. I nearly died when I found out. But the truth is we usually spend about 4x as much eating out and groceries. Usually I spend about $1k a month on groceries and $1k/month eating out. How do I spend so much more on groceries when we eat out?

Because I don't normally shop sales, I got to the store and buy whatever we feel like and prepare it. I host at least 1x/week friends or family dinner and we make something. $100 for cheese, wine, beer, food is par for the course once a week if not more. I also buy lots of fresh fruit in smaller sizes and more expensive prices going to the store more often because it's fresher and less waste. But now we eat everything in bulk since we are at home 3 meals a day. Before I would buy something small and make it fresh. Now it's like well how can I make it stretch for 2 dinners or dinner and lunch?

Anyway I like reading what people are cooking it gives me inspiration. Keep it coming.

This weekend we made spareribs and teriyaki chicken. we also had pulled pork DH made couple of different ways. See dinner below....smoked steak

4 Responses to “A month of groceries”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    That's awesome. I also did really well the past two weeks, as I have been working from home. I have been trying to spend less on food and put more money into savings. I made creative use of some food I already had, like frozen fish, ground beef, and fresh vegetables. I am using leftover celery sticks and canned tuna to make tuna salad. I used ground beef, sweet potatoes, and onion to make Bowl of Doom. I had some ground beef, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce to make chili. I think we sometimes come up with better ideas to use our time and other resources when we are challenged by a crisis.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Pulled pork was on sandwiches and pasta and burrito. It was good. Instead of a small portion paid at a higher price, I bought in bulk and we ate it. Typically i'll buy one small meat serving and cook it. Then we don't waste as much. I cook more as well.

    For example I'll cook one bag of dumplings for a meal

  3. mumof2 Says:

    We have been on limited items over here for a few weeks now like 1 package tp, 2 bags pasta etc...only fresh fruit and vege there is no limit...w ehave certain times of day for only the elderly and disabled to shop and a couple hours a week on a couple of days designated to only the medical staff/police/medics they can get what they need as well...I'm glad for the way they are doing it but it has been hard to get stuff on the shelves lately!!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I bet the cashiers appreciated your not making them work as hard and your social distancing. Glad you could get what you wanted.

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